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There is no secret to achieving higher performance in your EMS service. It requires a combination of dedicated people with exceptional skills, effective and knowledgeable leadership, appropriate tools for accomplishing your mission, and the support of a community of peers willing to help you succeed in both defining as well as accomplishing your vision. Development in each one of these areas will advance your mission and is that the reason this blog was created and is dedicated.

Through the support of BCS, this site and other “High Performance EMS” social media outlets, have been made possible in order to share information and build a community of expertise surrounding the improvement of effective and efficient care outside of the hospital setting.

You are invited to be a part of this effort and encouraged to participate with your experience and ideas. We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.” – John of Salisbury (1159)

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  • Jodi says:

    Greetings! I am helping develop content for an EMS Management course and am looking for resources to share with students about maximizing EMS efficiency, SSM, and UHU. Where can I find case studies and other tools to use in class?

    • daleloberger says:

      We certainly hope that you find case studies and resources regarding EMS Management in many of the posts on this site. We started hp-ems.com with that exact mission in mind and if we fail that in your opinion please let us know so we can do better.

    • daleloberger says:

      Jodi, it took a while, but we have begun putting this sort of information together in book form. Our first attempt is “Dynamic Deployment: A Primer for EMS” (http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Deployment-A-Primer-EMS/dp/1500428574/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407501551&sr=8-1&keywords=dynamic+deployment). We are already in the process of building its sequel that we hope to be a broader compendium of cases, authors, and opinions regarding the measurement and improvement of performance. We will share more as it comes closer to being finished. In the meantime, we hope this blog and the other “High Performance EMS” social outlets will provide more daily inspiration and information as we build this community of support together.

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High Performance Emergency Medical Services (HP-EMS) systems provide effective clinical care promoting positive patient outcomes and community wellness while maintaining a focus on improving economic efficiency of the system.  This site is dedicated as a community seeking to increase agency performance by promoting useful information regarding the developing trends and improvements in the efficiency of delivering basic and advanced medical care in the field.

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Jeffrey Hammerstein
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I think that the position someone takes on this issue depends entirely on the circumstances of the particular EMS system they have in mind when they consider the question. If we're comparing a 7 minute response time to a 70 minute response time (or infinite as mentioned above), then of course it matters. That's a…
2015-07-03 11:44:45
Dave Shrader
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I had meetings recently with a client in an underserved County. They have multiple tax supported volunteer organizations, and a City FD as EMS providers. The system is totally Balkanized with each agency doing it’s own thing. One agency failed to even respond to 66% of its calls last year. So, 66% of the time,…
2015-07-03 08:08:44
Matt Zavadsky
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
This article is spot on - the rapidly changing healthcare finance environment is a game changer for us - IF, and ONLY IF, we can prove that we bring value to the payer... Does our care make a difference in the patient's experience of care, outcome and cost of care... By assessing our patient satisfaction,…
2015-06-17 08:38:01
Steven Lichtenberg
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
The biggest issue in pay scales is one you hit on directly. Payment for service rendered is solely based on transports. Refusals/DNR/DOA etc are not reimbursed. Once Medicare determines that we are in fact medical professionals and not "ambulance drivers" and pays for care rendered we have a chance. Community paramedicine is one mechanism for…
2015-06-16 21:47:53
daleloberger
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
Thank you for making the comment, Kim. I suspect you may have missed my meaning in that statement though. The passionate folks in EMS are some of the hardest working people I know. My complaint is certainly not that "we" don't put enough into our jobs to deserve better pay, it is that we must…
2015-06-16 18:13:18

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